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Open Developmental Science

A preconference to be held at the 2019 meeting of the Cognitive Development Society in Louisville, Kentucky on Oct 17, 2019


This preconference will feature workshops and talks aimed at teaching and encouraging a variety of skills and practices that will help developmental researchers engage in open science. Attendees will leave the preconference with the ability to put open science principles into practice at all points of the research pipeline, making it easier for others to build on their work. This preconference has been made possible by generous funding from the National Science Foundation and the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science.


Install Instructions (complete in advance!)

  1. Download and install the latest version of R: https://www.r-project.org/

  2. Download and install the latest version of R Studio: https://rstudio.com/products/rstudio/download/#download

  3. Download and install JASP: https://jasp-stats.org/download/

  4. Download and install GIT: https://help.github.com/en/articles/set-up-git (follow the three steps under "Setting up Git") 


Schedule of Workshops and Talks

17 Oct 2019, 8:30am - 4:30pm, Galt House Hotel (room tbd)

8:30 - 9:00

Preregistering developmental research

Sabine Doebel, George Mason University

This short tutorial will discuss the benefits of preregistration and work through some questions researchers are likely to encounter.

9:00 - 9:30

Git workshop

Jessica Kosie, Princeton University

This tutorial will provide a hands-on intro to  Git/GitHub and the benefits of version control in one's own work and collaborative projects. 

9:30 - 10:00

Multi-site collaborations

Kiley Hamlin, University of British Columbia

10:00 - 10:15

Coffee break

Coffee and snacks provided

10:15 - 12:00

R breakout sessions

Krista Byers-Heinlein, Concordia University

Michael C. Frank, Stanford University

Concurrent R workshops tailored to beginners and advanced users.

12:00 - 1:00


Boxed lunches provided

1:00 - 1:30

Title tbd

Mark Sabbagh, Queens University

1:30 - 2:45

Bayesian stats workshop

Emily Sumner, University of California Irvine

A hands-on introduction to Bayesian statistics for developmental researchers.

2:45 - 3:00

Coffee break

Coffee and snacks provided

3:00 - 3:30

Online developmental data collection

Kim Scott, MIT

A hands-on introduction to 'LookIt', with an emphasis on how it can support reproducibility and replicability.

3:30 - 4:00

Reproducible workflows

Ingmar Visser, University of Amsterdam

4:00 - 4:30 

Getting the most out of your developmental data

Ingmar Visser, University of Amsterdam


Registration (students/postdocs $25; faculty $50)

Networking Event

Slides and workshop handouts


Travel awards for students
(click to apply)



Do you offer funds to students to offset costs of an extra day at the conference?

Yes. Please click here to complete a brief  application for 1 of 10 travel awards of $100 each that are being offered to offset the costs of an extra day at the conference. Awardees will be notified prior to the conference and can expect to receive the award shortly after attending.

How can I share my feedback?

We will be grateful for constructive feedback that can make future such endeavors even more successful. A survey link will be shared immediately after the conference.

Will the presentations/materials be shared online?

Yes. Everything will be available here on or after the preconference.

Is food/coffee provided?

Yes. There will be coffee breaks with light snacks as well as boxed lunches. This is all covered by the registration fee and the generous funding of SIPS and NSF.

What are the benefits of attending in person?

You will have the opportunity to learn from experts who are also cognitive developmental researchers and who will guide you through the content. This way you can easily build on what you've learned later. Although it can be done, it will be a lot harder to learn on your own (beginning with carving out the time to do it). Why not learn among friendly peers who can answer questions as they come up?

How important is it to learn this stuff?

Very. Increasingly our field and our funders are expecting openness and transparency, and with good reason: it's a key part of doing science (science that others can reproduce, replicate, and build on). More on why developmental research needs open science in an excellent blog post here.



Reach out to the preconference organizer with other burning questions or just happy thoughts:

sabine [dot] doebel [at] gmail [dot] com

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